The Heat kind of stumbled out of the All-Star break. This could have been caused by injuries to players like Butler, Leonard and Herro, unexplained absences by Butler, the integration of new players such as Iguodala and Crowder, and the resulting temporary break-up in the chemistry of the team.
There was also the curious trend for the team to lose late in games to teams whose records were inferior to the Heat’s record. On the other hand, Miami appeared to deal better and more physically with the better teams, notably Milwaukee who they beat twice in succession.
On the bright side, following the All-Star slump, Duncan Robinson started clicking when he started taking every available “3,” and making a majority of them. His success opened up space for the other shooters, and for scoring inside the paint. And, Dragic continued his stellar play, when healthy. Especially late in games on the line, his energy, ability to drive to the basket, and unselfish play led the team to several victories.
When the injuries subside and players like Herro and Leonard return to action, this could be a very difficult team for others in its division to defeat. Either way, the rest of the season should be entertaining and fun to experience. Once the suspension imposed by the NBA is lifted, of course.